Family escapes but dog dies in house fire _lowres

Photo provided by the Baton Rouge Fire Department -- Two people escaped the fire in this Erie Street home late Saturday but the family dog died.

Two people escaped an Erie Street house fire Saturday night, but the family dog fell victim to the blaze.

The Baton Rouge Fire Department arrived at 2331 Erie St., about 10:50 p.m. Saturday and found flames engulfing the front of the house, fire department spokesman Mark Miles said Sunday in a news release.

“Firefighters made a speedy attack to bring the fire under control,” Miles said in the release. “The renters were able to get out safely but the family dog was not able to escape.”

The house received heavy fire and smoke damage. The house, estimated to be worth about $50,000 before the fire, received about $30,000 in damage and another $10,000 in contents was lost, Miles’ release says.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but foul play is not suspected, Miles said.